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  • 24th May 2011

    Roommate of gay suicide student pleads not guilty to intimidation

    Tyler Clementi killed himself because he believed his roommate taped him having sex with a man

    2:46 PM — The roommate of a New Jersey student who committed suicide has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges. Tyler Clementi, 18, jumped to his death after allegedly discovering that his roommate Dharun Ravi had secretly recorded him having sex with another man and showed the footage to classmates

  • 23rd May 2011

    Minnesota voters to decide on gay marriage ban 79

    Minnesota voters will be asked whether gay marriage should be banned in the consitution (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    10:50 AM — Voters in the US state of Minnesota will decide next year whether to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Late on Saturday night, the state House voted to allow voters to decide the issue.

  • 21st May 2011

    Tennessee Senate approves ‘don’t say gay’ bill 629

    Tennessee's senate voted for the ban

    12:08 AM — Tennessee’s Senate has passed a bill that proposes to introduce a ban of discussing homosexuality within schools. The bill, approved by 5 votes to 4 at the Senate will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.

  • 20th May 2011

    Gay MP says straight couples face discrimination over hymn Jerusalem 62

    Chris Bryant said he was fighting for the rights of straight couples

    3:04 PM — The hymn Jerusalem risks becoming "reserved for homosexual couples", a gay MP has claimed. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, claimed that church policy means straight couples are increasingly being banned from using William Blake's famous hymn at their weddings because clergy deem it is "not addressed to God".

  • California firm agrees to drop gay websites ban in schools 5

    One company has agreed to stop blocking gay websites (Photo: ttarasiu)

    2:45 PM — A California web filter provider has become the first major company to drop a feature which allows schools to ban gay websites. Lightspeed Systems says it is working to remove a filter which allows schools to block the non-adult educational or supportive LGBT websites.

  • Cardiff race equality chief accused of homophobia 69

    The footage was captured before last year's general election

    2:19 PM — Calls have been made to sack the chief of a Cardiff racial equality group after he was filmed making apparently homophobic comments. Mohammed Tufail, director of Cardiff and Vale Race Equality First, was recorded seemingly questioning a Muslim group for supporting a gay candidate.

  • Rhode Island House approves civil unions 17

    Rhode Island is expected to approve civil unions

    11:22 AM — The Rhode Island House approved a civil unions bill yesterday. The measure will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to receive broad support. However, some gay rights activists are furious that a gay marriage bill was scrapped in favour of what they see as watered-down legislation.

  • 19th May 2011

    California’s transgender protection bill makes progress 4

    California's assembly passed the measure

    5:27 PM — A California bill to improve legal protections for trans people has been approved by the state assembly. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) passed with bipartisan support on a 54-24 vote on Monday. It will now go to the state Senate.

  • Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to the anti-gay bill 11

    Reports say Uganda's parliament will return to the anti-gay bill

    12:09 PM — Reports suggest that Uganda's new parliament will consider the notorious anti-homosexuality bill. The last parliament, which was dissolved last week, ran out of time to debate the draft legislation, which calls for the death penalty for some cases of gay sex.

  • 18th May 2011

    Moscow bans gay Pride march again 175

    Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's administration has banned Pride again

    5:42 PM — Moscow has once again denied permission for a gay Pride march. Activists applied to hold the event in Bolotnaya Ploshchad city park on May 28th but Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's administration turned down the request, citing a risk of public disorder.

  • Scotland publishes figures for hate crime charges 6

    Most hate crime victims do not go to police, studies say. (Photo: B Hernandez)

    2:52 PM — The Scottish prosecution service has released the first figures on homophobic and transphobic hate crime charges. In the year since new hate crime offences came into law, 448 charges were made where there was an "aggravation" of homophobia. Fourteen charges were made with an "aggravation" of gender identity.

  • 17th May 2011

    Teenagers charged with hate crimes for beating of Maryland trans woman

    Trans activists campaign outside the McDonald's where the attack happened

    4:54 PM — Two teenage girls have been indicted on hate crime charges over an attack on a trans woman in a Maryland McDonald's restaurant last month. The attack on Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, was filmed by a store employee and posted online.

  • Wisconsin governor wants to stop defending gay domestic partnerships 26

    Wisconsin allows domestic partnerships

    3:37 PM — The governor of Wisconsin has said he wants to stop defending the state's domestic partnership registry for gay couples. Scott Walker, a Republican, told a judge he believes the law is unconstitutional because it mimics marriage.

  • Poll says most Minnesota voters don’t want gay marriage ban 2

    Minnesota may hold a referendum on banning gay marriage (Photo: Firemedic58)

    2:18 PM — A poll suggests that just over half of Minnesota voters do not want a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The state may hold a referendum on the issue next year if the House follows the Senate in approving a bill.

  • Illinois trans woman sues employer over toilet ban 3

    Meggan Sommerville has filed discrimination charges over the bathroom ban

    1:50 PM — A trans woman from the US state of Illinois is suing her employers for barring her from using the women's toilet. Meggan Sommerville, of Oswego, has filed two charges of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

  • 16th May 2011

    Teenager jailed for seven years over anti-gay attack 94

    Adam Ayres was jailed for seven years

    10:44 AM — A Leicestershire teenager has been jailed for seven years for his part in a vicious attack on a gay man. Adam Ayres, 18, tricked the gay man into meeting him in a car park and ambushed him last March.

  • Violence breaks out between Christians and gays in Australian city 215

    The gay rights rally was interrupted by Christian protesters

    10:40 AM — Police had to intervene when a clash broke out at a gay rights rally in Adelaide, Australia, this weekend. The rally was held to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

  • 13th May 2011

    Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 32

    The campaigner's death is being investigated

    5:46 PM — A Pride organiser in Mexico was attacked and killed last week in what may have been a homophobic attack. Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrer was killed while walking home from a night out in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero State, on May 4th.

  • Ugandan parliament adjourns without vote on anti-gay bill 50

    The bill would have strengthened Uganda's current laws against homosexuality (Photo: Brett Lock)

    3:16 PM — Uganda's parliament adjourned today without voting on a gay execution bill. The anti-homosexuality bill was expected to be debated today but Speaker Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill in this session.

  • Teen arrested over anti-gay stickers may be charged with inciting hatred

    The stickers were found across the East End

    2:26 PM — Prosecutors are considering whether to charge a teenager arrested over homophobic stickers in London's East End with inciting anti-gay hatred. If Mohammed Hasnath is charged with the offence, it will only be the second time the law has been used.

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